The importance of the case involving the Greek motorcycling for EU Sports Law can be inferred from the fact that the case is listed on the main paper of the EU Competition Policy page on sport (here). The case is Motosykletistiki Omospondia Ellados NPID (MOTOE).
MOTOE wanted to organise some motorcycle races but needed permission from the relevant Minister. Nothing surprising there. What was surprising was that ELPA, the national representative of the International Motorcycling Federation, had the power to veto any Ministerial decision. ELPA organised their own races via a subsidiary and could effectively eliminate competition by use of their veto or regulatory power. The Court said of its regulatory right: "Such a right may therefore lead the undertaking which possesses it to deny other operators access to the relevant market. That situation of unequal conditions of competition is also highlighted by the fact, confirmed at the hearing before the Court, that, when ELPA organises or participates in the organisation of motorcycling events, it is not required to obtain any consent in order that the competent administration grant it the required authorisation."
The judge in the Panda case made reference to the MOTOE case when considering the change to the organisation of household waste collection in Dublin. He noted the similarities in way "the variation" (i) allowed Dublin City Council to organise the competition and (ii) the fact that Dublin City Council also provided waste collection services. Substitute ELPA for Dublin City Council. The judge ruled in favour of Panda.
When it comes to organising competitions, sport can clearly offer us ways to think about the issues.